A Journey from New Age Darkness to the Light of the Cross–2
In part one of Warren Smith’s Journey fromNew Age Darkness to the Light of the Cross, he encountered several people of darkness. Part one ended with God showing him the Bible in a dream. In part two, the Bible becomes a crucial aspect of his continuing journey. He is led to the light and power of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Warren Smith Continued His New Age Journey with a New Age Friend
As Warren continues his journey, he is joined by a friend. Warren and his friend Joy were brought together in their separate New Age spiritual travelings. They had been trying to be just friend. But a psychic friend of Joy told them something deeper was going on between them. This somehow caused them to stopped denying their feelings for each other. They started seeing each other more and having fun together. Spiritually, they started to attend A Course In Miracles group together with Warren’s old Course teacher. Their teacher, Frank, reminded them of a New Age tenet that they were “perfect, sinless, guiltless Sons of God” ( p 107).
Warren and Joy Learned There is a Devil
When Joy encountered a spiritual problem, she and Warren went to the teacher for his help. Joy felt that a client from her massage business had been trying to possess her body when she was almost a sleep. Frank gathered them into a circle, held hands and told them to “visualize sending light” to the client. However Warren wondered out loud if something else could be done. Frank’s wife, Trudy who was present responded unexpectedly, “Put on the full armour of God and stand fast against the wiles of the devil.” This is contrary what the New Age Course in Miracles teaches. She advised them to read Ephesians 6:10 in the Bible. Trudy insisted the devil is real. Apparently, not wanting to contradict his wife at this time , Frank shrugged it off. When Joy and Warren got home they read Ephesians 6:10-12, and saw that what Trudy said was in the Bible. Still been New Age believers, they felt Trudy was probably holding on to something from her past church involvement.
A “New Ager” Informed Them About the Devil and the Bible
- Was the “New Age” informer, Trudy, a true believer who was deceived in the past ?
- Was she deceived by Frank who was in church with her and convinced her to seek the “real truth” with New Age people?
- Did she marry Frank, contrary to the Word of God, knowing he was not a true Bible believer? (2 Corinthians 6:14).
- Was she staying with Frank because the Bible says the married believer should remain with the unbeliever who wants to stay with the believer? (1 Corinthians 7:12-16)
- Was she being used by God to help others who may be seeking the truth?
- Was God keeping a promise to her as a believer that He would never leave or forsake you?
- Among the possible questions and answers, I feel one answer is God was keeping a pledge to Trudy. He kept his promise to me when I disobeyed him and backslid into sin–he never left nor forsook me (Jeremiah 3:14; Deuteronomy 31:6; John 10:29).
- I believe the Lord was using Trudy to help others, as he did me when I returned to him.
Warren and Joy Discovered the Power of the Blood of Jesus
The spiritual attacks on Joy continued until Warren discover an apparently out of place Christian book in the metaphysical section of a book store. The book, The Beautiful Side of Evil, was written by Johanna Michaelsen. As he began to read the book, a disturbed man, looking as if he was possessed, entered the store and tried to stop him from reading or buying the book. Warren said the man left when he showed he would not be intimidated. As Warren continued to read the book, he saw that Johanna had been heavily into metaphysics and had been attacked by evil spirits until she learned about Jesus from friends. He was willing to try anything to free Joy from her attacker. Later, Warren tried what he had learned from Johanna on Joy. When Joy was in a state of being attacked by the harassing spirit, Warren commanded the spirit “ in the name of Jesus …be gone,” and he “claimed” the protection of the blood of Jesus.” The spirit was gone.
Warren learned there is something powerful about the name of Jesus who died on the cross (pp 119-121). Because of their experience in calling Jesus, they decided to read the Bible as well as A Course In Miracles. The spirit that was attacking Joy, gave up after they continued to call on Jesus.
They started being attacked by an apparent stronger spirit present when they were asleep. Whenever they called on Jesus it would stop; but come back later. Joy started suspecting the attacker was the spiritual guide of a “nice man” that caused her psychic alarm to go off whenever she saw him in town. They knew the man from having been involved in a metaphysical community with him. After the attacks persisted, embolden by the knowledge of Jesus, they decided to confront him. When they did, he denied having anything to do with their being attacked. But the next time they saw the “nice man” appeared disheveled and “unnerved.” They recognized they were learning more about evil spirits. But more importantly they were learning more about the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Warren and Joy tried to share what they had experienced and learned about the power in the name Jesus to the members of their Course in Miracles group. But they (with the exception Of Trudy) turned against them. Warren and Joy soon left the group. They were beginning to see the real light, the real Jesus, the real God.
They Compared the Bible and the Course and Found the Real Jesus
They began to pray to the God of Jesus. As they read the Bible they prayed to God for understanding. Warren prayed to God for his approval of Joy as his wife; then he waited for God approval before deciding to marry her.
Joy was the first to see clearly that A Course In Miracles was not from God, and that the Jesus of the Course was not the real Jesus (p 143). Still having questions, Warren isolated himself for almost a week studying and comparing the Course and the Bible.
By his study, he was thoroughly convinced that Joy was right. He saw clearly that the gospel of the Bible was “the real gospel.” He also saw that “the Course and the New Age were Antichrist” (p 145). Seeing that they believed in the real Jesus Christ of the Bible, the only begotten Son of God, the only way to God the Father, the Light of the world, they recognized “we are Christians” (p 148).
Learning Things to Avoid That Could Cause You to go on a New Age Journey of Deception
- Failing to adequately read and study the Word of God (p 124/2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; Hebrews 12:4).
- Criticizing the church without being wary of false gospels (p 149/2 Corinthians 11:3-4; 2 Peter 2:1-2).
- Neglecting to pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance (James 1:15).
About New Age False Prophets and Seducing Spirits
- Warren warns the church and the outside world that he sees the same false teachings that deceived him, working to seduce them.
- He says Antichrist prophets sometimes come as flesh and blood wolves in sheep clothing. At other times antichrist spirits actually appear as an “angle of light”—a “spiritual guide”—the “HOLY Spirit”—our “higher self”—or as “Jesus” (p 152/Matthew 7:15; Matt24:24; Corinthians 11:13-14).
- We all need to be on guard “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against…the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness…Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…(Ephesians 6:12-18).
What May Cause God to Bring New Agers from Darkness to the Light of the Cross of Jesus Christ.
- God knows the ones who are searching for him with all their heart (Jeremiah 29:13-14).
- God causes all things, including bad experiences, to work together for good for those who really love him (Romans 8:28).
- God reveals Himself to those who are sincerely seeking him, in bringing them to see and believe in the saving power of the cross of Jesus Christ (p 149/Matthew 16:16-17;John 6:44; John 3:16).
- True Jesus believers Praying and instructing them with love and meekness that God may bring them to repentance (2 Timothy 2:25).